'Star Wars: Rogue One' to Be Filmed With Arri's 6K Large-Format Camera

Star Wars X-Wing - H 2015
Courtesy Everett Collection

Star Wars X-Wing - H 2015

Parts of Star Wars: Rogue One and Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation were shot with Arri's Alexa 65, a large-format, 6K resolution model of Arri's popular Alexa camera that is available exclusively through Arri Rental.

Many cinematographers are in line to get their hands on one of a still-limited number of the new cameras, which really dazzled when unwrapped last fall using test footage lensed by cinematographer Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty), who’s using it on Rogue One (the production is also using film).

Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood) used the Alexa 65 for an underwater sequence in the upcoming Mission: Impossible film, which is mostly shot with 35mm and 65mm film.

The Great Wall is in production with director Yimou Zhang and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh (The Piano), who’s using the camera, possibly, for the entire movie.

Also, as previously reported in The Hollywood Reporter, Emmanuel "ChivoLubezki — who won back-to-back Oscars for Gravity and Birdman — used the Alexa 65 for part of Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant.

As part of a partnership with Imax, Arri is also co-developing a version of the Alexa 65 for Imax production. Avengers: Infinity War is set to be shot with it in its entirety, and Captain America: The Civil War will also use the Alexa 65 for an Imax format.

Last weekend, Munich-headquartered Arri — which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017 — was awarded a technical lifetime achievement award at Cine Gear Expo. Presenting the award, American Society of Cinematographers past president Daryn Okada said, "It's pretty undeniable what their impact will be in the future. They keep innovating."